Jul 27, 2011 2:30pm PDT
. -- kandahar. a spokesman for the taliban says they carried out the attack. back here in washington, the countdown continues with just six days left before the country must lift its debt ceiling or risk of fraud. but despite the nearing deadline and threats that the country's credit rating could be in jeopardy, the political wrangling continues. for more on where things stand, i spoke to democratic senator barbara boxer from capitol hill just a short time ago. senator, thank you very much for joining us. two plans on their way through the house or the senate. can either of them actually pass congress? >> well, i think the harry reid plan is a compromise that everybody has been calling for and everybody wants. it gives the republicans what they want which is no revenues and cuts, and it helps the democrats because we are not cutting medicare. we are not cutting social security. so it is really a compromise, and it gets us out of this chaotic mess we are in it because we cut enough spending to take us all of the way to last us to the election, so it sends a column in message to the ma
Jul 27, 2011 4:00pm PDT
was killed. the taliban said they carried out the attack. in somalia, an operation to airlift supplies into the capital mogadishu is underway, the first of 10 missions being carried out by the world food program in response to the severe drought which is ravaging the horn of africa. our correspondent reports. >> the carter, 10 tons of food for a severely nourished children in somalia -- the cargo. the therapeutic paste is a lifesaver. it is a race against time. >> within the next few days, i believe some of this will be going to mogadishu, where it will be distributed at feeding centers too malnourished children there. >> the world food program says the first airlift will feed 350,000 children over the next month, but given the scale in somalia, this is just a drop in the ocean -- will feed 3500. aid agencies say that with so many children in a precarious situation, there is a danger disease could break out. in somalia, almost half the population urgently needs of food aid. rations have been cut in recent months. now, there is a massive drive to increase the assistance. some say the u.
Jul 28, 2011 4:00pm PDT
. taliban militants have carried out a major attack in southern afghanistan, killing more than 20 people, including a bbc reporter. the assault targeted the officers of the deputy governor, police headquarters and a private security firm. a u.s. soldier has been arrested near the fort hood military base in texas after being found with bomb-making materials. the serviceman has admitted planning an attack. in china, the government is facing a public backlash over the way it handled a high speed train crash which killed 39. authorities say the crash was called by design flaws and signaling equipment but allegations of corruption and lack of transparency are fueling public anger. the premier has visited the crash site. the bbc's martin patience reports from the scene. >> wen jiabo is the soft paternal face of the communist party. in times like this he's called upon to soothe the nation's nerves. at the crash site he paid his respects but he was also bowing to public pressure. >> no matter if it's a mechanical fault, a management problem, or indeed a manufacturing issue, we will get to the bo